Re-open Bill Kayong murder case, S’wak PKR MPs urge authorities

(From left) Willie, Dr Teo, Ali and others hold up banners calling for justice for the late Bill Kayong during their 30-minute demonstration outside Parliament today.

MIRI: Three Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) MPs took part in a small demonstration outside Parliament today, demanding the authorities re-open the Bill Kayong murder case.

Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, Saratok MP Ali Biju, Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin and several other individuals staged the 30-minute demonstration calling for justice for the late Bill, who was a land rights activist, former PKR Miri branch secretary and also Teo’s former personal assistant.

“The niggling issue of the mastermind (of the murder) remains unanswered, and I have written to the Attorney-General on this. I will also be writing to the prime minister,” he told The Borneo Post.

He also said questions were raised as to why several witnesses who were subpoenaed were not called to testify during the trail.

“The poser of 21 witnesses summoned but not called to give evidence has to be answered. There are also other points of contention that warrants the case to be re-opened by the authorities.”

Both Ali and Willie also urged the relevant authorities, including the Home Ministry, to re-investigate the case as Bill’s family deserved justice.

Bill, 43, was shot dead in his vehicle at the traffic light intersection near E-Mart supermarket in Tudan on the morning of June 21, 2016.

The murder is widely believed to be linked to his role as a native land rights activist.

In June 2017, the Miri High Court freed three of the four accused – businessman Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang, Chin Wui Ching and Lie Chang Loon – from charge of abetting in Bill’s murder.

The fourth accused, Mohamad Fitri Pauzi, was found guilty and sentenced to death on Aug 10 this year.